Archive for February 2014

You should try a guava, or at least smell one

You should try a guava, or at least smell one
Keeping with our adventure of trying new foods, we decided to try guava today. I think I’ve had guava juice somehow or other in my life. I’ve never eaten an actual guava though before today. Honestly, the guavas at the grocery store looked a little suspect. I thought guavas were larger. I’m not sure why... Read more »

5 places to try cross country skiing in Chicagoland

5 places to try cross country skiing in Chicagoland
We’ve been wanting to try cross country skiing and today was the perfect day. I went cross country skiing once or twice when I was in Girl Scouts so that will tell you how long it’s been for me. Lilia has never strapped on a pair of skis so this was all new to her.... Read more »

Getting over my fear of the spa

Getting over my fear of the spa
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my being frugal and decidedly unglamorous. I decided to change all of that when I bought a Groupon (my first!) for a trip to the skin spa (my first!) I don’t know if it’s actually called a skin spa, but I like the way it sounds so... Read more »
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See the stunning Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden

See the stunning Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden
This morning we spent some time in a warm tropical paradise, walked next to an orchid waterfall and then headed over to the desert. No, we didn’t take a whirlwind vacation, but we did stop by the Chicago Botanic Garden for their newly opened exhibit, The Orchid Show. This is their first ever orchid exhibition... Read more »

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness: How Chicagoans can help

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness: How Chicagoans can help
February often brings thoughts of love, chocolates and candy hearts. However, many families in the United States and around the world have thoughts of other little hearts on their mind. February is also Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month. Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects and occur in 1% of births. Nearly... Read more »

The 5 best interactive Google Doodles from the past year

The 5 best interactive Google Doodles from the past year
Today Lilia started her drawing to enter the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition. One artist in grades K-12 will not only have their artwork on the Google homepage, but they will also win a $30,000 college scholarship as well as a $50,000 Google for Technology grant for their school. Click here to learn more about... Read more »
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How to make potato stamps, an easy Valentine's Day craft

How to make potato stamps, an easy Valentine's Day craft
This is an easy, last minute Valentine’s Day craft that the kids had a lot of fun with. Full disclosure: I used turnips! Turnips were all we had in the house and they’re very similar to raw potatoes so I went for it. You could also use other tubers like sweet potatoes or rutabagas. I’m... Read more »

What exactly is a caper?

What exactly is a caper?
What exactly is a caper? I’ve heard of the elusive caper and I’ve seen them at the grocery store, but I honestly had no idea what they were. I also never gave them much thought until last week. I was reading a recent issue of Real Simple magazine and I became intrigued with a layout... Read more »

Spin class nearly killed me

Spin class nearly killed me
Spin class nearly killed me, and I loved it. I’ve been known to be a little dramatic, but I will say it killed me in a good way. After over a year of hemming and hawing, Fran finally convinced me to take a spin class. This was a recommendation coming from a man who has... Read more »
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Fashion Outlets of Chicago, my winter respite

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, my winter respite
Today was my first experience at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located in Rosemont, Il. Fran has been there several times with the kids, but I’ve never made the trip with them. Did I mention I’m not usually a fan of the mall? However, I do like a good outlet mall so I figured today... Read more »